TEL AVIV, September 22, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli Parliament, Knesset, passed on Monday a bill that prohibits granting pardon for Palestinian prisoners or easing their sentence by reducing it in case of a political deal or a prisoner exchange deal.
The bill restricts the powers given to the Israeli President when it comes to granting pardon or reducing the sentence of Palestinian prisoners convicted of committing actions against Israelis and who therefore were sentenced to lifetime in jail. These powers will nonetheless be transferred to courts.
Under the new law, prisoners sentenced to life in jail “in dangerous situations” are not allowed to request the court to determine the period of their sentences.
Furthermore, Palestinian prisoners convicted of murder will not be allowed to request the court to determine the period of their life sentence before 15 years of their sentence have passed, provided that the minimum fixed life sentence is 40 years.
The law was passed at the request of MP Ayelet Shaked, member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home.